Caryn’s Space for Actors

FACULTY:       Caryn West       Jessica Kubzansky    Tyler Pierce  Gail Herendeen 

2015 “People Love us on Yelp” Recipient

2015 “Best Businesses of West Hollywood Award”

2009 Backstage both West & East polls: “Best Acting Coaches”

2014 “Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play”  Connecticut Critics Circle Award 

CARYN WEST  

Teaching actors to avoid her youthful mistakes, to learn the current trends, to expand true art in their craft while offering integrity and genuine care to her clients, gives Caryn a higher purpose she is grateful for. 

Caryn West theAuditionCoach.comCaryn is one of the most respected acting coaches and a consistently recommended audition coach by the industry. And she auditions! She has many episodic TV, film, Broadway and regional theater credits. She relished playing the-Maggie Smith-imitating Sonia in the  Tony winning play VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE at the prestigious Hartford Stage  ( the 2014 Connecticut Critics Circle Award winner “Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play” amidst many wonderful NYC actors, Long Wharf & Yale Rep folk who were also nominated.) Most recent guest spots: CHICAGO PD, THIS IS US, GREY’S ANATOMY directed by Chandra (“Bailey”) Wilson and on an NCIS that was the number one show on tv that week with nearly 19 million viewers. She was in the company of GOOD PEOPLE at the Geffen Playhouse and covered Holland Taylor years earlier there in THE UNEXPECTED MAN.  She was a participant in the coveted DIRECTING WORKSHOP FOR WOMEN at AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE, a graduate of STANFORD UNIVERSITY ( BA in Film/Communications) and has an MFA in ACTING from TEMPLE UNIVERSITY. 

She co-wrote the Italian/U.S. short THE FATHER, which has been seen in 5 European festivals. In 2010, she recurred last as Dr. Susan Heyworth on the CBS series THREE RIVERS, and played the Kate Hepburn lead part in The Interact Co.’s STATE OF THE UNION (The Best in LA Theatre for 2010:  “One of the Top Productions” – BroadwayWorld.com )

She starred as Lane in the International City Theatre Equity  production of  THE CLEAN HOUSE  by Sarah Ruhl:  “Outstanding Performance By A Lead Actress/Comedy”  For Larger Theaters 300 seats+ 2010 Award Lists StageSceneLA.com

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CARYN’S PRESS AND AWARDS 

DALLAS TRAVERS interviews Caryn about auditioning and booking acting jobs: THE THRIVING ARTIST CIRCLE podcast 
THE BEST AUDITION COACHES”  BACK STAGE West and East polls  (the only teacher ever on the list for both coasts)

Caryn West, an actress who is new to me, is heart-breakingly stunning as the sad, frustrated Sonia, who in Durang’s crisp, savage dialogue delivers some of the funniest and honest descriptions of despair and loneliness one may ever encounter on a stage. As an adopted sister, she may feel isolated, but the sly West brings the audience along on her character’s transition into a wickedly modern riff on a Maggie Smith discovering her “prime.”…The actress also has the audience hanging on every word in a telephone call that Sonia receives, for which we only hear one side. The audible disappointment from some audience members at a certain point in the conversation indicates how much West has enabled us to invest into her character.” HARTFORD EXAMINER ( for Hartford stage’s VANYA & SONIA & MASHA & SPIKE)

NY TIMES “Caryn West’s deliciously dejected Sonia” ( in VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE/ Hartford Stage 2014 Connecticut Circle Critics Awards voted Caryn “Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play” amidst nominations for very fine actors in the season at Hartford Stage , Yale Rep, Long Wharf, Goodspeed Opera etc)

Caryn West is likewise remarkable as Lane, gently growing from self-righteously officious to genuinely befuddled”  -BACKSTAGE WEST

[Caryn] West is the most nimble interpreter of Ruhl’s challenging material. Her powerful presence and assured skills are a perfect fit for the uptight doctor…The Clean House is Lane’s journey, and happily West charts it for us with precision, intelligence and nuance.” 

“But in its latest iteration at Long Beach’s International City Theatre….the proceedings seem energized—vital and alive.  Lane, a practicing M.D. and lady of her house (an emotionally spot-on Caryn West) …a top-notch ensemble of actors, and lucid helmsmanship by desai, “The Clean House” is ready for guests.”  


Jessica KubzanskyJESSICA KUBZANSKY

SCENE STUDY CO-TEACHER 

2013 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Direction for RII” at  The Theatre @ Boston Court

Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle recipient of  the “Margaret Harford Award for Sustained Excellence in Theatre” as a stage director

DIRECTING BIO     LA STAGE INTERVIEW 

YOUTUBE INTERVIEW       Highly Acclaimed GLASS MENAGERIE excerpt

Jessica is the Co-Artistic Director of The Theatre @ Boston Court in Pasadena and an award-winning director working around the country at a wide variety of venues which include South Coast Rep, The Geffen Playhouse, the Pasadena Playhouse, Portland Center Stage, The Aurora, American Stage Co., The Boston Publick, and many more.

Kubzansky directs a great deal of new work,  including her own recent adaptation of RICHARD THE SECOND, “R II”  which garnered exceptional Reviews in October 2013:

  •  LA Times CRITIC’S PICK: Jessica Kubzansky has adapted and directed what she’s calling “R II,” a deft distillation of the drama that begins after Richard has been taken prisoner. Performed by an adroit cast of three, Kubzansky’s version proceeds in flashbacks that are staged with laser-like precision, each scene offering another angle on this political object lesson.”  Click here to read the entire review. 
  • Hollywood Reporter: “R II maintains its energy and daring throughout and reclaims the poetry and insight of the original with unstinting immediacy and clarifying forthrightness.”   Click here to read the entire review.

Other productions’ review excerpts:

“Kubzansky … has consistently mounted some of the most intelligently imagined, visceral but thoughtful productions in L.A. for the past decade…Kubzansky’s gifts are many-layered: With her loving but unflinching honesty about the vagaries of human behavior, she really cuts to the heart and brain of a play. She does this by casting great, versatile actors and challenging them, and by creating fully theatrical worlds, a step beyond or beneath mere naturalism. She marries design and impulse, the intellectual and the sensual, like few other stage directors we’ve seen.” –Rob Kendt, Editor-in-Chief, Backstage West

“Kubzansky…is one of the most sought-after directors in the region.” –Steven Leigh Morris, Theatre Editor, LA Weekly

“…Daring, inventive staging…”  –Philip Brandes, Los Angeles Times

“…extracts sensitive, nuanced performances from her excellent ensemble…”  — T.S. Kerrigan, Backstage West

“The star is Jessica Kubzansky, whose imaginative ideas and staging keep the operetta fresh…”  –Robert Nesti, The Boston Herald

“…inspired”  –Kathleen Foley, Los Angeles Times


TYLER PIERCE

SCENE STUDY Co- TEACHER

So many expressed a wish for the LA scene study to go on when I am in NYC and Tyler was assisting me, trailing and watching our structure and agenda. He has agreed to continue the class and Gail Herendeen will assist him as she has me in the past.  The structure will be much the same,  but just as I tried new exercises and meditations, so too Tyler will bring his own secret sauces to the mix!

BIO /Notices: 

Tyler came to acting after seeing a production of All My Sons while working on Wall Street. He quit his job the next day (no joke!), enrolled at The Atlantic Theatre Company acting school, and never looked back. He has had the good fortune to travel the world doing what he loves, but has always wanted to put down roots and give back to others pursuing the craft. Over the past 15 years on the road he has coached, and taught speech, voice, and scene study, and is very grateful to Caryn for giving him the opportunity to create a teaching home here in Los Angeles.

He has appeared in tours of Legends with Joan Collins and Linda Evans, Barriers and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Regional theatre credits include of Henry IV Part II, King Lear, Dracula (Utah Shakes), Macbeth (Berkeley Rep), Everything You Touch (LA Drama Critics Best Actor – Boston Court), How to Write a New Book for the Bible (SCR, Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Seattle Repertory Theatre); Good People (Geffen Playhouse); Gronholm Method (Falcon Theatre); Death of a Salesman (The Old Globe and SCR); A Streetcar Named Desire (Guthrie Theater); The Night Is a Child (world premiere at Milwaukee Repertory Theater and at Pasadena Playhouse); Crime and Punishment (Berkeley Repertory); Dracula, A Christmas Carol (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Macbeth, Pericles, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lorenzaccio, The Tempest (The Shakespeare Theatre Company); Youth Inc. (McCarter Theatre Center); and Fat Pig, The Internationalist (regional premiere at The Studio Theatre). New York theatre includes work at Theatre at St. Clement’s, Circle East, New York Classical Theatre, HERE Arts Center, Atlantic Theater Company, Atlantic Theatre Studio, Theatre for a New Audience, Lark Play Development Center, New Dramatists and New Georges. He has appeared in the films The Kiss, Best Friends, A Professional, Alchera, Modern Day Arranged Marriage and The Rub and on television in “Kidnapped,” “The Guiding Light,” “Third Watch,” “Runner” (pilot) and “Asteroid.”

“Simply put there is no finer, more charismatic, or more versatile L.A.-based leading man than Tyler Pierce, who can effortlessly transition from the dark drama of How To Write A New Book For The Bible to Everything You Touch’s electrically sexy Victor to the quintessential romcom lead he plays here. Watch how the mere mention of Josh’s deceased spouse releases oceans of just-below-the-surface despair…”

“…the charismatic Pierce, whose Scenie-winning performances in The Night Is A Child and How To Write A New Book For The Bible have signaled the arrival of an actor with a mix of power and versatility that bears comparison to a young Brando. Pierce’s lean-and-hungry Victor is electric, sexy, at once off-putting and irresistible, and yet another sensational performance from an actor who could well find stardom knocking on his door.”

Tyler Pierce (Captain Russell/Chip) almost walks away with the play. The veteran actor, last seen at the Colony in “Handle With Care,” displays a naturalistic style in both roles, but especially as Chip, that would make Marlon Brando and James Dean take notice. Pierce ricochets and rambles across the stage like a giddy yearling and builds quite a momentum for his characters”

“Tyler Pierce’s Dracula alternates between sinister charm and malevolent rage. His attacks on the women seethe with sexual energy”

“Tyler Pierce’s Bill – who anchors the show’s emotional currents with the eloquent restraint of choked-back tears – casts an authorial critical eye on the others”

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ASSOCIATE SCENE STUDY TEACHER

Gail Herendeen attended Emerson College, where she earned her BFA in Acting.  Gail has studied with Kristin Linklater, Larry Singer at the Michael Howard Studios, Peter Kelly in Boston at The Harrison Project, and with Caryn West and Jessica Kubzansky in Los Angeles.  She can be seen most recently in a few episodes of ‘Hustling: An Original Web Series’, and the films ‘Whirlwind’ and ‘200 American’.  Gail is honored to be working alongside Caryn and Jess and soaking up all their brilliance.
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